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"It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV.

Then the winter came, and the grasshopper died, and the octopus ate all his acorns and also he got a racecar. Is any of this getting through to you?"


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Journal Entry: Mon Jun 30, 2014, 3:06 PM

About time for an update! So now, post-field trip and with all classes done, I'm now left to it to work on my summer research project for my MSc. Do you like river deltas? Are you interested in the influence of tides on controlling sandstone quality for oil reservoirs? No? Oh ok...enough of that then...

But yeah that'll keep me busy in the day time as it's better for me to make sure I walk into university else I'll get far less done that if I stay in my room.

In July I will likely attend the MCM Manchester Comic Con. Unless it's boiling weather. Any other UK guys/gals here going?

Then in October I'm definitely going to the Play Expo video games convention at the Trafford Centre. Last year was brilliant and I wish I'd brought a better camera! I have also made the decision to put together an outfit of one of the variants of Founder soldier from BioShock Infinite. 

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I even drew a picture!
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Because who doesn't want to be an ultra national xenophobe?...Err...don't answer that. The baddies always get the best outfits. The basis will be an RAF dress tunic with gold ribbon added. I will also get another plastic brodie helmet, like my WW2 airsoft one, to spray paint grey.

For the weapon I'm thinking of building the Rolston Reciprocating Repeater aka the SMG. I'm unfolding the model now but am going to have to think about how to strengthen it for a reasonable amount of handling. I don't want to/can't go down the resin+fibreglass route and kinda want to keep the printed textures. At the moment I'm eyeing up 250gsm paper, internal reinforcement surfaces, plus a sealant spray. The model is modular and each closed bit could be slush coated on the insides with polyurethane. However I'm not making a cast like armour makers do; I'm just adding a supporting plastic interior wall in theory. To prop crafters with more experience than me, is that a feasible idea? Plenty of time to go anyway so I'm going to experiment and seek out ideas first. If all else fails, maybe the smaller Mauser pistol would be more achievable.

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This thing is like a pumped up MP18 or Lanchester, which are awesome real life guns that looks like something right out of the dieselpunk genre in the first place.

Update: 13/7/14
I've begun making a test but hmm the scale is simultaneously too small and too big. My hand (and I've not got small hands) can reasonably grip the stock and trigger but it's a strained grip. Yet the stock itself is too short for my arms, and the front barrel heat sink will be massive. The stability of the modular parts isn't good either. I think I might shelve this project and focus on some other things instead.

Ocarina of Time for the 3DS is now rippable, so this has some immense implications for crafting.

Update: 18/7/14
Maybe I was too hasty. After all I have until October. I will test some more parts and rework the 3D a bit in the meantime.

All Glory to the Hypnotoad by Barbiesocks Zoidberg Stamp by XenonRay Give a llama, get a llama by Neg0ne Yes-Man Stamp by artemispanthar .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot Stamp::Bioshock:Infinite: by Rayne-Is-Butts

  • Mood: Eager
  • Watching: Newsnight
  • Playing: Octodad, Stonghold Crusader HD
  • Drinking: Diet Coke


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Chris Gilman
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
About Me:
Postgraduate petroleum geology student and artistic dabbler from the north west of England.

I'm fascinated with historical military designs, particularly from about 1800-1920 and all the related themes that go with them. The Napoleonic and colonial eras up until WWI and the Interwar period are my favourite areas of inspiration. Aww who am I kidding, WW2 is also very interesting to read up on as well.

Besides that I design and build papercraft models using 3D data from games. I've worked on a whole bunch over the years from games on the N64, GC/Wii and PC. The templates are freely distributed in my gallery or over on my old blog. If you ever build any I always thrilled to see any pictures you might have!

Find me on Steam and (rarely) Origin, as XenonRay.

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TheSpikeAndKey Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey may I ask what happened to your web comic Forlorn Horizon I went back to the posting site after an eternity of neglecting it and it wasn't their what up with that yo ?
XenonRay Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I deleted it from the hosting site. It's an abandoned project from another era. Parts of it began to bother me so I pulled it down along with my other comic I had on there.
TheSpikeAndKey Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh well then your work your rights :) (Smile) 
ScreamingRomeo Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing Papercraft models! Awesome job! :love:
XenonRay Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers, and thanks for the faves! :)
Taker34 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey XenonRay, can I add you in steam and origin?
XenonRay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! :thumbsup:
KingOvRats Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for watching.:)
XenonRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
TheSpikeAndKey Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever considered map making like  ~GeneralVyse I have been to the site where Forlorn Horizon is put up their was a map of the empires their right
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